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What are you doing Michael?

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For years, my family doesn't understand what's "wrong" with me, why I left my bright future behind and went on a search, and why we share very different perspectives on life. So I decided to put together a document that explains my journey and my learnings with easy to understand graphics and logic flows. By sharing it, I hope to help you understand me as a friend, and maybe add some stimulation to your own search.

(not sure why the stickman is missing one leg on slideshare...)

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What are you doing Michael?

  1. 1. What are you doing Michael? a presentation about what’s wrong with him
  2. 2. help you understand why Michael is so irresponsible, immature, defensive, stubborn… The goal of this document *the goal is not to make you agree with me
  3. 3. this has lots to do with everything since young, Dad has always taught me to ask WHY Early influence - ask WHY
  4. 4. The Good Life Path generally, a good life looks this: Good College Good Grades Good Job Good Girlfriend Good 2nd Job Good Wife Good 1st House Good Kids Good 2nd House Help Your Kids Repeat This Cycle The Good Life
  5. 5. Me & The Good Life Good College Good Grades Good Job Good Girlfriend Good 2nd Job Good Wife Good 1st House Good Kids Good 2nd House Help Your Kids Repeat This Cycle like everyone else, with the help of our family, I worked really hard up until here The Good Life the successful Michael
  6. 6. The WHY Good College Good Grades Good Job Good Girlfriend Good 2nd Job Good Wife Good 1st House Good Kids Good 2nd House Help Your Kids Repeat This Cycle since The Good Life seems so normal and time is so precious in this big race, I never stopped to think about WHY we are doing all these The Good Life ?
  7. 7. Is it about happiness? an obvious guess that came to mind was happiness we only live once, we might as well live a happy life right? *happy here doesn’t mean pleasure or temporary enjoyment
  8. 8. The Good Life = effective? then I looked at myself and everyone around me, are we happy? The Good Life seemed to be very effective for some things, but not all *the Maslow’s Human Needs pyramid
  9. 9. The Good Life Rollercoasters in The Good Life, we work really hard to achieve our future goals and expect that once we reach that goal, our life will be dramatically happier, but it’s not true, we focus on the future goals so much that this becomes our life … happiness level 2 weeks of Woohoo! I got into UC Berkeley 4 years of stressing to achieve the Good 1st Job 3 years of stressing to achieve the Good College
  10. 10. The Good Life ≠ effective The Good Life sure made us more successful and well-off, but happier? in the past 30 years, our stress level has also increased by nearly 30%, and Americans diagnosed with depression is also increasing by 20% a year, why?
  11. 11. Could we be happier? I like to challenge the possibility of doing something better, for me, there must be a way to live a happier life so I decided to find out how
  12. 12. The Great Risk but I worked so hard to position myself well in The Good Life path, if I go on a search now, there’s an obvious risk of being off track The Good Life a happier life? risk risk risk risk risk
  13. 13. The Happiness Journey but if I can use 1-2 years to make rest of my 60 years happier, it’s a good bet, so I went ahead during this journey I did these to try to find the formula of happiness: reading, researching, trials and errors and most importantly…
  14. 14. Traveling use my own eyes to witness how other cultures find their happiness
  15. 15. The Happiness Formula after all, I believe the happiness formula looks something like this: - family - friends - communityAchievement 20% Attitude 30% Health 20% Relationships 30% - physical - mental - gratitude - positivity - confidence - compassion - passions - do what you are good at - be valued
  16. 16. Pursue happiness and here are some of the things I’ve already started to do - swimming daily - big change in diet - change in lifestyle - meditation - allocate more time and energy to important people in my life - (this document is an example of me trying) - meditation - mindfullness - pursue wisdom - family - friends - communityAchievement 20% Attitude 30% Health 20% Relationships 30% - physical - mental - gratitude - positivity - confidence - compassion - passions - do what you are good at - be valued ?
  17. 17. But is life just about happiness? happiness is great, and with handwork, we can sure achieve a happier life, but then I asked myself again, is life just about being happy? or is there something else?
  18. 18. How about other people? one of the most important thing that I learned during my travels is that we live in a bubble, we worry about silly things and The Good Life, while we have no idea how rest of the world is suffering
  19. 19. But what can you do? we think we are here our bubble tells us we are not in the position to care about others because we need to help ourselves first, but this is the reality… majority of the world wealth, power, quality of life, and etc..
  20. 20. But what can you do? we think we are here we are actually here majority of the world our bubble tells us we are not in the position to care about others because we need to help ourselves first, but this is the reality… wealth, power, quality of life, and etc..
  21. 21. But what can you do? we think we are here we are actually here we think we need to be here to be secure and then we can help others majority of the world our bubble tells us we are not in the position to care about others because we need to help ourselves first, but this is the reality… wealth, power, quality of life, and etc..
  22. 22. So what’s wrong? if everyone thinks like this, then the world will only continue to suffer, how am I going to be happy knowing that I’m not doing anything about it? we think we need to be here to be secure and THEN we can do something majority of the world ??? wealth, power, quality of life, and etc..
  23. 23. Life with a purpose? I don’t want to live a life worrying about my own silly problems everyday, I want to wake up feeling thrilled that… today, I’m doing something great for others
  24. 24. What do you mean? It means I want to… solve real problems, make real impacts, which is NOT solving problems like these… - help ticket brokers sell over-priced tickets - help rich students do better than poor students who can’t afford tutors - help people eat more hot dogs - help Google Offers sell more stuff that people don’t need (my past work)
  25. 25. In summary… this is how I want my life to look like Happiness Purpose Next Page
  26. 26. Purpose -> Happiness and the two actually work very well together Achievement 20% Attitude 30% Health 20% Relationships 30% - passions - do what you are good at - be valued Purpose
  27. 27. Good story, but what now? I need a strong foundation to make this vision come true Happiness Purpose Foundation
  28. 28. The Foundation I need two things, financial security and wisdom WisdomFinancial Security Happiness Purpose I don’t need lots of money to be happy, but I do need money to sustain my or my future family’s lifestyle to feel secure How can I solve other people’s problems while I don’t have enough to feel comfortable or secure? Wisdom will help me live a happier life by making me a more positive, appreciative, and compassionate person Wisdom will give me the clarity and mental capacity I need to solve big problems, especially during difficult times
  29. 29. The Projection by achieving financial security and wisdom, I hope to follow this projection: a happy and purposeful life Financial Security Wisdom Happiness Purpose Time
  30. 30. The Life and live a life like this happiness level achieving something meaningful to others and myself - appreciate small things in life, - spend quality time with people I love - being healthy - work hard for a purpose

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